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Bastions Park

Challenge a chess master, see monuments to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation or simply stroll along the tree-lined pathways of Geneva’s first public park.

Head to Bastions Park to experience Geneva at its most relaxed. This park features wide-open spaces and more than 50 varieties of rare trees. Rest on a park bench with some fine local chocolate and enjoy the passing parade of families, couples and rollerbladers. Look out for statues of notable characters from Geneva’s history, let the kids run around in the public playgrounds or spread out a picnic blanket and soak up the summer sun.

Stroll down the wide, shady pathways of this popular park, which was once a botanical garden. It was founded in 1817 and its promenade features several monuments, fountains and statues. Today, it is very popular with students and is a great place to mingle with locals.

Bastions Park is sometimes known as Reformation Park for its striking Reformation Wall Monument. Visit this stone walkway and wall, a memorial to the founders of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The monument honors John Calvin and his contemporaries in dramatic statue form. Look out for the engraved name of Martin Luther, the man who sparked the Reformation in 1517.

Challenge a friend or some of the local enthusiasts to a game of chess on one of the life-sized chessboards located at the northern end of the park. 

Enjoy a meal under the park kiosk’s glass rotunda; it offers delicious dining options with panoramic views of the surrounding natural beauty. This charming building and its intricate roof pay tribute to Geneva’s traditional architectural style and is well worth a visit.

Bastions Park is located on the southern side of Lake Geneva and is just a short walk south of Geneva Old Town. Access the park via frequent bus or tram routes.


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Hotel N'vY ¥17,471
Hotel N'vY

Hotel N'vY

Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock are also within 1 mi (2 km). Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

    Warwick Geneva ¥15,823
    Warwick Geneva

    Warwick Geneva

    14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps, and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.

      9HOTEL PAQUIS ¥12,659
      9HOTEL PAQUIS

      9HOTEL PAQUIS

      31 Rue De Berne, Geneva, GE
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Library In English and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hôtel Longemalle ¥22,078
        Hôtel Longemalle

        Hôtel Longemalle

        Place Longemalle 13, Geneva, GE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Geneva, this hotel is steps from Rue du Rhone and Flower Clock. Bourg-de-Four Square and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Rive Tram Stop and Molard Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts ¥36,703
          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts

          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts

          34 Quai General Guisan, Geneva, GE
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Geneva, this luxury hotel is steps from Rue du Rhone and Flower Clock. Bourg-de-Four Square and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Rive Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Molard Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

            Hotel Tiffany ¥19,116
            Hotel Tiffany

            Hotel Tiffany

            20 Rue de L'Arquebuse, Geneva, GE
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Hall, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO), and Reformation Wall Monument. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Bourg-de-Four Square are also within 15 minutes. Cirque Tram Stop and Stand Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Cornavin ¥13,912
              Hotel Cornavin

              Hotel Cornavin

              Gare de Cornavin, 23 Bd James-Fazy, Geneva, GE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Flower Clock. Reformation Wall Monument and Bourg-de-Four Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.

                Novotel Geneve Centre ¥15,930
                Novotel Geneve Centre

                Novotel Geneve Centre

                19 Rue De Zurich, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paquis Baths, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Jet d'Eau Fountain and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 6 minutes.